Date: 16 August, 2017
The Visa Section and Consular Section of the German Embassy Kabul will remain closed until further notice due to the attack on 31 May 2017.
1. New visa applications
a) Schengen Visa
In order to obtain a Schengen visa with Germany as the main destination you may now apply at one of the following Visa Sections:
German Embassy New Delhi
German Consulate-General Istanbul
German Consulate-General Dubai
The Federal Foreign Office is also endeavouring to enable Afghan citizens to apply for a Schengen visa in Islamabad and Dushanbe. As soon as the preparations have been completed news will be posted on this website.
Please make an appointment at one Visa Section only. If you make appointments at several German missions abroad, all of your appointments will be cancelled.
b) National Visa
The Federal Foreign Office is currently taking the necessary steps to enable the submission of applications for family reunification, student visas and other national visa to the German Embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad. Further information will be provided on this website as soon as possible.
It is already possible to register for an appointment for new applications for family reunification, student visas etc.
Please bear in mind that Afghan citizens require a visa for India, Pakistan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Tajikistan. If you wish to apply for a visa for Germany in a third country, please apply for an entry visa at the relevant country's mission first.
As far as the Federal Foreign Office is aware, Afghan citizens may currently enter Turkey if they hold a valid visa for Turkey or the United States of America.
Applications for Schengen visas by Afghan nationals at German missions abroad (New Delhi, Istanbul, Dubai and in the future Islamabad and Dushanbe) can only be accepted if the applicant is holding a valid visa for the country where application is submitted.
Timely notification to family reunification with a family member who is entitled to asylum or has been recognised as a refugee can be submitted to the website
c) Important Information
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the United Nations has decided to discontinue the acceptance of non-machine readable passports as of November 25th, 2015. Handwritten Afghan passports will not be accepted after that date. Visa applicants holding handwritten passports are advised to submit machine readable passports.
2. Pending visa applications
National visa applications (family reunification, student visas etc.) that have already been submitted to the German Embassy Kabul will now be processed at the Federal Foreign Office headquarters in Berlin.
The Federal Foreign Office kindly requests those affected to be patient while the necessary organisational measures are put in place.
We urgently advise you to not submit any new applications for family reunification to other German missions abroad if you have already submitted an application to the German Embassy Kabul as this will delay your application.
The Federal Foreign Office is working on returning the passports and other original documents that were submitted with visa applications to the German Embassy Kabul before 31 May 2017 to their respective holders. However, the security situation poses significant logistical challenges. Those affected are kindly requested to be patient. They will be notified as soon as possible. In urgent cases, we recommend that you obtain replacement documents and travel documents from your home country.
3. Consular emergencies, German passports and Inspection of Afghan documents
Please contact the Federal Foreign Office directly in case of consular emergencies in Afghanistan. German citizens can contact the Embassy of any EU Member State for assistance with emergencies in Afghanistan.
The German Embassy Islamabad has been designated as the passport office responsible for German citizens resident in Afghanistan. However, you may also apply for a German passport at other German missions abroad or at any passport office in Germany.
Certificates, authentications and attestations can be issued at other German Embassies and Consulates General in the region. Please contact the mission in advance.
It will not be possible to inspect Afghan public documents until further notice. The competent offices must therefore assess the authenticity of the documents themselves at their own discretion.